poet Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

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All All And All The Dry Worlds Lever

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All all and all the dry worlds lever,
Stage of the ice, the solid ocean,
All from the oil, the pound of lava.
City of spring, the governed flower,
Turns in the earth that turns the ashen
Towns around on a wheel of fire.

How now my flesh, my naked fellow,
Dug of the sea, the glanded morrow,
Worm in the scalp, the staked and fallow.
All all and all, the corpse's lover,
Skinny as sin, the foaming marrow,
All of the flesh, the dry worlds lever.


II

Fear not the waking world, my mortal,
Fear not the flat, synthetic blood,
Nor the heart in the ribbing metal.
Fear not the tread, the seeded milling,
The trigger and scythe, the bridal blade,
Nor the flint in the lover's mauling.

Man of my flesh, the jawbone riven,
Know now the flesh's lock and vice,
And the cage for the scythe-eyed raver.
Know, O my bone, the jointed lever,
Fear not the screws that turn the voice,
And the face to the driven lover.


III

All all and all the dry worlds couple,
Ghost with her ghost, contagious man
With the womb of his shapeless people.
All that shapes from the caul and suckle,
Stroke of mechanical flesh on mine,
Square in these worlds the mortal circle.

Flower, flower the people's fusion,
O light in zenith, the coupled bud,
And the flame in the flesh's vision.
Out of the sea, the drive of oil,
Socket and grave, the brassy blood,
Flower, flower, all all and all.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Poem Edited: Friday, September 30, 2011

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (10/27/2019 3:50:00 PM)

    Dylan oeddech chi'n un o fath gyda meddwl gwych. Nawr yn ysgriffenu barddoniaeth yn y nefoedd. Nos da Dylan.

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  • Lodigiana PoetessLodigiana Poetess (10/27/2019 12:42:00 PM)

    The incomparable Dylan Thomas..always a revelation to read one from a past master.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (10/27/2019 12:11:00 PM)

    All all and all the dry worlds couple,
    Ghost with her ghost, contagious man
    With the womb of his shapeless people. a great poem of Dylon Thomas

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (10/27/2019 3:56:00 AM)

    The forces of creativity and destruction seemed to go hand in hand with the genius that was Dylan Thomas. This poem exemplifies this profound inner struggle.

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  • Catherine HabbieCatherine Habbie (10/27/2019 3:05:00 AM)

    Congratulations on being selected for Poem of the day

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (10/27/2018 5:54:00 AM)

    The creation, 'All that shapes from the caul and suckle, ' Then the struggle of life, 'Square in these worlds the mortal circle' These lines alone, but also reflected elsewhere in the poem, depict Man's lot and strife for understanding and meaning in life.

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (10/27/2017 7:36:00 PM)

    Another poem on life & death from the brilliant, talented but tortured mind of Dylan Thomas, who lived fast and died very young. One wonders if this poem was written during one of his heavy drinking binges.

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (10/27/2017 2:01:00 PM)

    Ghost with her ghost, contagious man
    With the womb of his shapeless people.
    All that shapes from the caul and suckle,
    Nice lines, liked them.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/27/2017 6:04:00 AM)

    Flower, flower the people's fusion,
    O light in zenith, the coupled bud,
    And the flame in the flesh's vision.
    Out of the sea, the drive of oil,
    Socket and grave, the brassy blood,
    Flower, flower, all all and all..... loved these lines. Beautiful poem shared.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (10/27/2017 2:12:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Dylan Thomas....

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/27/2017 12:38:00 AM)

    Page, age! With the stage of the ice. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (10/27/2016 11:19:00 PM)

    Fear not the flat synthetic blood
    An awesome write. Congrats on the modern Poem of the Day. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (10/27/2016 6:52:00 PM)

    Nice poem.... Congrats for being chosen....

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (10/27/2016 7:06:00 AM)

    Sad but nice. There is a feeling that death is nearby lurking to take in its grasp. Liked it. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/27/2016 2:30:00 AM)

    The governed flower! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (1/5/2016 1:00:00 AM)

    Thomas's style played heck with conventional strict verse forms. His images flourished in the heart first then the brain. He seemed tormented by the presence of death in life, every poem I have read so far has the shadow of death flung over it.. Tormented but he still saw the unity of it all, life and death and new life linked the generations marching from Adam and Eve to the modern day. But still his poetry was tortured by the presence of death.:

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/26/2014 1:24:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine oit

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    M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal(10/27/2018 5:52:00 AM)

    What is that a copy paste on almost all the big poets who are no more alive.

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